Hyderabad, April 16 : Buckling under pressure from the employees’ unions, political parties and the Cabinet members from the Telangana region, the State government on Saturday decided to keep the controversial GO No. 177 in abeyance.
Briefing the media of details of cabinet meeting, the Minister for Finance, Mr Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, said that taking into the concerns of the employees unions and political parties, the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, has decided to put the controversial GO in abeyance. He also referred the matter to the Cabinet sub-committee on employees’ issues. The Cabinet sub-committee would hold discussions with the leaders of the employees unions and make suitable recommendations to the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister has also directed the Cabinet sub-committee to review the contents of the GO, he added.
“It was decided at the cabinet meeting to take up Praja Patham next month with seven subjects – drinking water, sanitation, NREGP, health, improvement of amenities in schools, pensions and loans to SHGs. The Cabinet sub-committee on Praja Patham would review priority of the subjects and required funds for the each subject. For drinking water purpose in summer, the government has already released Rs 52 crores for rural areas and Rs 45 crores in urban areas. It was also keen on ensuing uninterrupted power supply to drinking water schemes”, the Minister said.
Mr Ramanarayana Reddy said that it was also decided to provide toilet and drinking water facilities in 40,000 schools by the beginning of the next academic year. With Rs 5,600 crores, 65 working days would be provided to the eligible people under NREGP in the three months of summer. It was aimed at preventing the migration of the people in rural areas in summer in search of employment, he added.
The Finance Minister said that 12 lakh applications for pensions have been received during Rachchabanda Programme and verification of 9.3 lakh applications was already completed. In the verification, it was found that 3.48 lakh applications were eligible ones. In addition to this, the verification of applications was yet to be done in three district and eligible applications from these districts may be 2.75 lakhs. In all, the eligible applications may be nearly four lakhs. The sanction of new pensions would also be reviewed in Praja Patham, he added.
Reminding that 5,70,000 ration cards have been issued to the eligible families during Rachchabanda, the minister said that ration coupons were issued to them up to March as permanent cards would be issued to them after issuance of Aadhar Cards. As the issuance of Aadhar Cards was not completed, it was decided to issue ration coupons to them for the next six months, he added.